Injuries spate might affect Australia’s campaign in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. Their top three players including the likes of Aaron Finch, Tim David & Marcus Stoinis are reeling with injuries & chances are high that they would miss Friday’s fixture against Afghanistan. The trio of Finch, David & Stoinis suffered hamstring injuries during Australia’s previous fixture against Ireland in Brisbane on Monday.
T20 World Cup: How did Aaron Finch sustain an injury?
Aaron Finch played a blistering knock of 63 runs against Ireland & then took the field during the second innings before walking off the field in discomfort after suffering a sprint. On the other hand all-rounders, David & Stoinis didn’t take the field in the second innings after pulling up a hamstring injury. Aaron Finch underwent a fitness Test on Wednesday & a call on his availability for Afghanistan’s clash would be taken after the assessment of the final reports.
Speaking about his injury finch said, “Little hammy twinge I think. “I’ll get a scan tomorrow (Tuesday). Unfortunately, I’ve had a history with them so we’ll see how it goes. It doesn’t feel too bad at the moment but generally, overnight they can stiffen up. “We’ll get a scan and get the full results, but I am very hopeful (of playing against Afghanistan) but we’ll know more (Tuesday).”
If Finch gets ruled out of Friday’s fixture then wicket-keeper Matthew Wade will take up the role of Australia’s captain. Notably, Wade has served as stand-in captain in absence of Finch & has also served as Australia’s captain when Finch left the field after complaining of pain during Ireland’s fixture. Cameron Green who has been included in the squad as Josh Inglis’s replacement might serve as the opener if Finch gets ruled out for Afghanistan’s fixture.
Talking about Qualification Scenarios, Australia needs to beat Afghanistan on Friday if they aim to qualify for the semi-finals. The NRR will decide whether Australia can qualify for the semi-finals or not. Their win against Ireland has lifted their NRR to -0.304, however, they are still below England (0.239) & New Zealand (2.233). A win against Afghanistan will boost their NRR & help them to have an edge over other teams. Currently, all three teams have five points from four fixtures.
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